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Shame and White People Tears, #ThaddeusMcCarroll #WalterScott #EricHarris #OverIt

In Art & Culture by Zakiya JacksonLeave a Comment

Mmmmmmhhhhhhkay. You know when someone gets you up in your feelings? Gets you feeling some. Kinda. Way.  RHQ style. This happened to me recently.  Folk said something to me that triggered me y’all – and internally I was ready, talmbout Beygency type things like – excuse me do you know I woke up like this? You betta bow down… Externally, …

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CONTRIBUTION: 2nd Hand Shoes

In Art & Culture by CYM_Contributors1 Comment

by Ishara Bullock As I sit here in this room full of Black folk, it reminds me of a time when I was the only Black folk In a class so appropriately titled: Maintaining The Status Quo In Post Slavery America Ironically there were 14 White students, 1 white professor and me. The topic of discussion was that White girl …

Notes on Religious Freedom “Restoration”

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For those of us who identify as Christians, this is Holy Week—the time we remember the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus depicted in the Gospels. We remember his message to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Unfortunately, much media attention this week has focused on the legislative efforts in Indiana, Arkansas, Georgia, and elsewhere to license discrimination under …

CONTRIBUTION: Proud Pauper

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  Precious is a proud southerner turned mid-western foodie who loves people more than she loves good food and a good read. She candidly shares her predilections [bias, leaning, weakness & predisposition] on her blog –https://preciouspredilections.wordpress.com.   Sing with me. This song, “Papa was a Rolling Stone,” has the longest intro in the world and the dopest bass tab, but …

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I am Unapologetically Black

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I am unapologetically Black.       Except sometimes I do feel forced to apologize. Like declaring the need for more Black power is the same as saying I hate white people. Nope – skip that. I am unapologetically Black. I hate anti-Blackness and white supremacy shrouded in an evangelical white Jesus who burns crosses on my livelihood instead of hanging …

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5 Crazy Side Effects of Oppression

In Causes by N. Young5 Comments

Saturday, I took my bougie Black self to Trader Joe’s. I walked in behind a man of color who was wearing a hoodie and had the hood up. My initial thought was, “he should probably take that down so as not to scare the people in the store,” but then I thought, “what the hell are you thinking?!” This man …

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Singing the Blues

In Art & Culture by Nilo ThomasLeave a Comment

I love the blues! Since I was a youngster, blues music has been my favorite. I love the sound of the guitar, I love the horns, and the bass, the piano, I also love the contemporary sounds of R&B (rhythm and blues). I love the energy and emotion and soul of it! I love it all. I’m a music lover …

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Eight Things my Dad Taught Me

In #blackmenrock, Art & Culture by Zakiya Jackson2 Comments

Today it’s been eight years since my father died suddenly. Wow! I love to remember him and keep his memory strong. Tonight I released eight helium balloons and on each of them, I wrote something he taught me. Girls can do anything.  He never said “Girls don’t” when it came to sports.  He taught me that I was an athlete, …

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Cloudy with a High of Peace

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Sometimes life feels like hanging out up here. The clouds. I don’t actually mean it in the exquisitely happy “she’s walking on cloud 9” sense. I reference more the mystery of clouds. I can see them. Admire them. Be influenced by them. But I can’t exactly touch them. I certainly can’t grasp them. There is nothing solid to hold onto. …

I present to you…a poem

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I was talking to someone yesterday about how I had recently started writing poetry with more intentionality and frequency. In the midst of our conversation, I blurted out something like “I sound like such a cliché!” and proceeded to deprecate myself and my writing while trying to assert some level of awareness and authority on the matter. He stopped me …

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My People Can Soar: Poetry

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Right now we may seem weak, we may seem divided, we may be poor But we are strong, we are courageous, we are warriors and we aren’t afraid to fight We have grand dreams, we have power, we have hope; my people can soar Our wounds may still be deep and we may be in need of healing, that’s alright …

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Contribution: “Hold On, Be Strong” – Outkast, Baltimore, & the Nuance of Black Male Expression

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Terrance is a recent Harvard graduate from Louisiana with a passion for the reconciliation of Christ – culture – and community development. His brand of #LivinBeinMoore  promotes a lifestyle of fullness through being prayerful, purposeful & practical. He is a cultural activist, speaker & budding social entrepreneur working on impacting the hiphop industry through creative enterprise. You can follow his …

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The Artist: Gabe Gibbs (Part One)

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My fondest memories of Gabe are of performance. And the one time he and my brother were running around the outside of my parents’ house and got really mad at each other. As an eternal peacemaker, I was horrified at the time. But when I look back, it was the only time that I ever experienced that level of conflict …

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If You Can Wait…and Not Be Tired By Waiting…

In Art & Culture by CoreyLeave a Comment

As I watched the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer for the umpteenth time, I remember saying at one point, “This will be worth the wait.” The promise from just two minutes of footage – compelling camera pans, landscape shots, and slow-gazing at the camera – combined to create something that convinced me that the 2+ years of waiting on a possible 7th …

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Boobs Like Bombs – A Thought Project

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Men love talking about their penises. This is what a group of my friends and I concluded a few nights ago. They are obsessed with their penises; how big they are, how hard they are, and of course, all the things they are going to do to you with them. As my women friends and I marveled at how much …